When someone you love has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia

When someone you love very much is diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, fear and uncertainty may get the best of you.  Alzheimer’s specifically, is a disease many do not wish to go through. Not only is it hard to care for your loved one, sometimes you must seek help from others. The daughter mentioned in the Mother’s Lesson New York Times article experienced similar feelings as her mother’s memory began to decline. Once she moved her mom into an assisted living community, things still went south. As the disease progressed, more care was needed from a different home. She finally moved to a smaller adult care home, with only six residents. Sometimes, larger facilities have more residents than care staff to look after and these smaller residential homes are perfect for a more one on one interaction. Sutton Homes provides homes similar to the one mentioned in the article in residential neighborhoods. Familiar settings are key in helping with this aging disease, and that is something Sutton Homes are known for.  Allowing residents to feel safe and secure in a comforting, intimate home where they can be themselves. Guilt and sadness were among the several feelings the mom couldn’t shake and it was not until her mom fell on the grass one morning while they were heading to church, did she realize to live in that exact moment. Lying down, looking towards to sky, smiling ear to ear, her mom felt peace and happiness. Live in the present, not the past or future. That is the lesson here. While your loved one is experiencing an aging disease, they are not sad or angry. They are simply living in the moment and once you experience this too, nothing else seems to matter except right now.

To read A Mother’s Lesson: When memory memory fails, delight in the moment New York Times Article, click here

 

 

 

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